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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

One Out Of Every Eight Classmates Killed

A friend of mine was at West Point this weekend for his kids' swim meet. He wandered around the campus and told me they have an area that honors every West Point grad who has been killed in action.

He mentioned the class of 1965 had about 125 names on the wall to reflect those killed since graduation. We guessed each class at West Point has maybe 1,000 cadets. If that is an accurate number, it means about one out of every eight cadets from the class of 1965 has been killed in action.

Those admitted to America's highly selective military academies are the country's best and brightest young people. Makes you stop and think for a moment. What would the country do without their talents, strength, and courage to put themselves in harm's way for all of us?

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